Staying someplace isn't just for the accommodation anymore. It's a whole experience that'll have you and your pals talking. If you're someone who's on board with that, then here's a treat for you. There's an envious lake cabin rental in Washington that'll have you dreaming of summer right now.
Sitting pretty on the western side of Ross Lake's emerald-green waters is the Ross Lake Resort. This picturesque sight is strung together floating therapeutically, overlooking the even-prettier, snowcapped North Cascade mountains.
These drifting homes are available to rent between June and October every year.
If you're wondering why we're telling you about something that's not even open yet, here's why: This spot is one of the hottest stays in the Evergreen State and requires you to make a reservation a year in advance. You can get on the waitlist here, which we recommend you do ASAP.
It was originally built for workers building the Ross Dam in 1937 but it's now a sought-after spot for a lake getaway.
Built on 60-year-old logs, these lodges can hold between four to 10 people and they cost $200 to $400 a night making it the ideal retreat for you and your squad. There's a two-night minimum stay, so it's sure to be an adventure.
Getting here is an experience in itself because the only way is by boat.
You can either drive to the Diablo Dam, park at the designated spot, and board a ferry that runs twice daily for $20 per person. Or you can hike the challenging 11.8-mile Ross Dam Trail and then hitchhike on a boat for $3 per person.
They come with a kitchen, electricity, hot water, cooking essentials, beds, towels, and shared propane grills too.
There's no WiFi here, so going back to the basics, like talking to each other, is the way to go.
Make sure you pack enough food for your stay as there are no restaurants or stores nearby either. You'll even spot people reeling in fish and grilling them straight up.
You can hold hands with your boo or sunbathe on the deck, cannon-ball into the water for a swim or even rent kayaks, canoes or motorboats starting at $60 a day.
After attaining ultimate relaxation at this spot, if you're still up to see something magical, why not head to this waterfall that turns purple? It's only a 14-minute drive away.
Either way, 2020 is starting to look a lot like water vacays!
Ross Lake Resort
Price Per Night: $200 to $400
Address: 503 Diablo St., Rockport, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can stay in a floating cabin on the prettiest lake in Washington and wake up to amazing views of the North Cascade Mountains.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.